Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: A Girl Named Digit

Title: A Girl Named Digit
Author: Annabel Monaghan
Reviewer: Kinsey Manchester
Rating: 4/5 stars

Farrah “Digit” Higgins has spent her high school life trying to fit in with the popular kids. That might not sound too hard, but when you are a 17 year old girl who got a perfect SAT math score, is already committed to MIT, and recognizes numerical patterns in everything, being normal is a pretty difficult thing to do. In order to appear like a regular teen, she represses her intelligence with math. One night when she is watching a TV show with her four best friends, she sees a series of numbers at the bottom of the screen. She decides it is nothing, but when numbers appear in the same place of the screen for the next three weeks, she can’t help but try to crack what she believes is a code. Unfortunately, all she gets is the name JFK. Frustrated, she gives up on deciphering the numbers. The next day, a terrorist attack happens at the JFK airport, and Digit knows this is no coincidence. Not long after, the FBI decides to put her in federal custody because she has discovered an infamous eco-terrorist group and is in danger. The cute FBI agent, John, in charge of her protection appreciates Digit’s “talent” and finds her useful in trying to take down the terrorist group. Digit and John connect, which marks the first time that Digit has ever felt any true connection to another person, let alone a boy. Who knew that using her math skills would actually help her previously non-existent love life? But when Digit and John find themselves being attacked and found by the terrorists at every turn, can they keep each other alive?

A Girl Named Digit was a funny, well-written book. Digit was a hilarious, smart heroine who I enjoyed listening to. Often, she would try to say things in her head but end up saying them out loud, and therefore, embarrass herself in front of the gorgeous John Bennett. I found that particularly funny, because I have done that many times myself. I liked the supporting characters of Mr. Bennett, Mr. Higgins, Danny (Digit’s brother), and Olive (one of Digit’s best friends). I thought they were well-developed for supporting characters and added another layer to the story. Annabel Monaghan does a great job describing places, and I found myself wishing I could be in the story with them. The descriptions were so easily imaginable that it made it easier to connect with the characters and what they were feeling, seeing, and doing. I liked the relationship between John and Digit. The teasing, joking, and playing with each other was fun and cute in the desperate situations that they found themselves in. I liked the fast pace of the novel and how I finished the book quickly. I really have no complaints about this book and I think it was a really enjoyable book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, adventure, and a little romance.